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Tech Distractions: Avoid Them On Hauls

Distracted driving of any kind is a very dangerous thing. These days, tech distractions are the most common form of distractions. For truckers especially, it can be hard to resist the urge to check your phone while on a long trip. However, there are some ways you can avoid these distractions... Tech Distractions: Avoid Them On Hauls Hands-free tech Tech distractions are so dangerous because they take your eyes off the road and hands off the wheel. However, it can be hard to avoid using technology outright when driving. For instance, many truckers like to use their phone's GPS apps to guide them on their trips, especially the long hauls. Plus, they'll also use them to play their favorite music too. Therefore, it's a good idea to try and make your tech as hands-free as possible. Phone cradles or mounts allow you to keep your phone up and in sight at all times, without you needing to take your hands off [...]

By | June 24th, 2020|

LED Truck Lights: Why Make The Switch?

Good lighting is very important for truck drivers. Not only will it help them see the road better, but it’ll also help them stay awake on those night hauls. That’s why many truckers are switching to LED truck lights. These lights come with a few advantages over their counterparts… LED Truck Lights: Potential Benefits Compared to incandescents Most trucks will be outfitted with standard incandescent or halogen lights. These have been the standard for years, especially because they’re very cheap. However, LED truck lights have shown themselves to be much better. These lights use 75% less electricity, are smaller, and are more powerful. Plus, they do a much better job at replicated natural light. This makes it easier to stay alert when you have them on. As a result, many drivers are putting them in their headlights, taillights, turn signals, and even inside their cabins. While they may cost a bit more, prices have been going down, and the benefits outweigh [...]

By | April 22nd, 2020|

Spring Showers: Handle The Rain

While it might be nice to no longer need to deal with winter storms, the spring can also bring its own dangers. In particular, it's important to watch for spring showers. Not knowing how to handle the rain could put you at a higher risk of an accident... Spring Showers: Keeping Control Slow down When encountering spring showers, it's important to first slow down. One of the biggest risks when driving in the rain is hydroplaning. After all, it only takes 1/12th of an inch of water for your tires to lose grip! If you're going too fast when this occurs, then it'll become very hard to keep control of your truck. Therefore, slow down to a manageable, safe speed. This might place you below the speed limit, but it's much better to be safe rather than sorry. Other drivers will understand, and probably do the same out of similar concerns. Give enough distance It's also important to watch your following [...]

By | April 11th, 2020|

Trucker Behavior: Common Questions

If you don’t have a lot of experience with truck driving, then some certain trucker behavior might leave you confused. However, all of these things do have a valid reason behind them. Knowing why drivers will do things can help you understand the trucker decision making process… Trucker Behavior: Common Questions Travel side-by-side One example of trucking behavior people question is when trucks will drive side-by-side. Most people have experienced this before, usually on the highway. Two trucks will be following one another, until one moves over into the opposite lane. This confuses a lot of people, because it seems to just block traffic for everyone else. The thing is, truck drivers are aware that this can be a nuisance. Still, they do have to abide by certain speed limits. Therefore, while one might be trying to pass the other, they can’t just fly past them. That means it’ll take them a bit longer to get ahead. Going through yellow lights [...]

By | April 5th, 2020|

Bad Trucking Habits: What Not To Do

Everyone has some bad habits that are for the most part harmless. However, bad trucking habits can actually be pretty dangerous. Therefore, it's important to know what kind of habits you should try to break... Bad Trucking Habits: What Not To Do Procrastinate One of the bad trucking habits to avoid is procrastinating. Putting things off until the last minute might've been doable in school. But, doing so now could end up costing you your job. That's exactly why you don't want to wait to plan your trucking routes until you're about to leave. If you procrastinate, then you could miss important announcements about traffic, construction, or the weather. This can leave you scrambling to try and find an alternative. Furthermore, you'll also end up rushing to try and get to your destination, which could cause you to try more riskier than usual. Using your phone Smartphones are pretty handy devices for truck drivers. They can act as a way to [...]

By | April 2nd, 2020|

Trucker Health: Avoid Sickness

Many jobs have been limiting their hours or shutting down due to the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. However, some truckers may still find themselves needing to work. In these cases, it's good to know how to maximize trucker health. That way, they can avoid getting sick themselves as best as they can... Trucker Health: Avoid Sickness Eat healthy One good way to boost trucker health is by eating healthy. It's tempting for truck drivers to eat a lot of fast food, due to it's convenience. Still, eating unhealthy foods tends to be bad for the immune system. Furthermore, you have to consider how many different people will be in contact with your food before you eat it. Instead, it's a good idea to pack your own, healthy foods. You'll especially want to focus on immune system boosting foods, like citrus fruits, yogurt, spinach, and almonds. It can also be handy to take extra vitamins or immune system boosters to supplement your [...]

By | March 28th, 2020|

Trucking Distractions: Common Types

Distracted driving is something which can be pretty dangerous. However, truck drivers may have to face unique trucking distractions. These distractions are something you'll want to limit in order to keep yourself safe... Trucking Distractions: Common Types Cell phones Cell phones are some of the most common trucking distractions these days. Phones can be pretty handy for truck drivers. Many of them come with GPS apps which can help them plan out routes for their trips. They can also allow for them to play music, and look up information about areas they're in. Still, they can also easily distract a driver. Constant texts, calls and social media can make it tempting to glance at or get on the phone. By doing this, though, a driver is taking their eyes off the road, which is of course quite dangerous. Instead, phones should be placed in "do not disturb" for the duration of trips. Outside distractions Another form of trucking distractions are those [...]

By | March 20th, 2020|

Pre-Trip Inspection: Extra Safety

A pre-trip inspection is a key part of any trip and for preventing issues while on the road. Missing a step in your inspection can end up putting you in danger if you happen to miss something serious. Therefore, it's important to know what you should be looking over... Pre-Trip Inspection: Extra Safety Under the hood It's good to start your pre-trip inspection by first checking under the hood. Here, you should tip the hood and check your fluid levels, while also keeping an eye out for leaks. Make sure all the caps are tight, especially on the radiator, oil filter, and power steering fluid. Loose caps or low fluid levels could cause serious problems when you're driving. Then, check the actual engine block itself. While also looking for leaks, check hoses and fan belts too. Any signs of serious wear or cracking could warrant a replacement of the part. After than, look over the shock absorbers, kingpins, and ball joints [...]

By | March 19th, 2020|

Trucking Myths: Common Misconceptions

Like with any industry, there are various misconceptions about the trucking field. These trucking myths can give people the wrong idea about what truck driving is all about. Therefore, it's important to know the facts from the fiction... Trucking Myths: Common Misconceptions "Trucking is unhealthy" One of the most common trucking myths is that the job is unhealthy. At first glance, it might appear that this is true. After all, truckers spend most of their days sitting and driving. Many people also assume they only eat fast food due to the convenience. This creates an image of the messy, unhealthy truck driver. However, many drivers actually go above and beyond to keep themselves healthy. For instance, they'll pack their own healthy meals rather than stop for fast food. They'll also make it a point to get some exercise in when they stop at rest stops. In fact, many rest stops also come with facilities that'll let truck drivers keep themselves clean. [...]

By | March 14th, 2020|

Cargo Theft: Protect Your Haul

As a truck driver, the most important part of the job is delivering your cargo safe and sound. Still, cargo theft is a huge concern you should be aware of. Taking some extra steps can help ensure your cargo remains in your trailer where it belongs... Cargo Theft: Protect Your Haul Watch for hot spots If you want to prevent cargo theft, then you need to keep an eye out for theft hot spots. These are areas where theft tends to be very common, or could happen very easily. For instance, roads or cities which have a lot of truck passing through them tend to also have high rates of theft. Another popular hot spot tends to be truck stops. Many truck drivers will stop at these for rest, which leaves their cargo a prime target. Therefore, always be sure to keep an eye out when you enter a hot spot. If you have to stop in them, try to park [...]

By | March 7th, 2020|